If you are stranded in the middle of nowhere, do not panic. Follow our instruction and you should be able to jump start your car in minutes. Do note that you will need some basic tools for the process. If you don’t have them, it’s best to ask a car or a truck passing by for help.
Note: This guide to jump-starting a car is applicable for only petrol and diesel vehicles.
A jump start is a process of starting a car which has a dead or discharged battery. In order to do it, a temporary connection is made between the car with a dead battery and a new power source. A power source may be either a battery of another vehicle or an external power bank.
Here are the basic things you will need to jump start a car:
- A healthy power source (either from another vehicle or a power bank or a generator)
- Jumper Cable
- Safety goggles (optional)
- A good guide on the entire process (this guide should be sufficient)
Note: If you don’t happen to have the aforementioned tools, don’t feel shy to ask for help. People are often willing to help others in need.
Once you have the tools you need, make sure to do the following checks before starting the jump start process:
- Find the reason why the battery went dead. If it was because of you leaving the headlight on for an entire night, it’s alright. But if the battery went dead suddenly, check whether the battery is leaking or is at the end of life.
If the battery is damaged or is leaking, do not attempt to jump start the car. It may lead to a fire hazard. Instead, call a professional for help and if possible, tell him/her to bring a new battery as well.
- Avoid smoking throughout the process.
- Make sure to turn off the A/C, heater, radio as well as headlights.
- Make sure both the engines are off before starting with the procedure.
- Do not start before reading the latter part of this guide.
Once you have checked everything, you can proceed with the jump starting process.
How to Jump Start a Car? – Step by Step Guide
- Position the cars next to each other. Make sure they are not touching each other. They should be close enough that the jumper cable can reach both batteries of the cars.
- Open the bonnet of both the cars.
- First, connect the Red positive lead to the positive terminal of the healthy battery. Then connect the other end to the positive terminal of the dead battery.
- After that, take the Black Negative lead and connect it to the negative terminal of the healthy battery. Then connect the other end to the earthing point (if your car doesn’t have it, connect it to a metal part, e.g. a bolt or a bracket) of the dead car.
- Make sure that all the clamps are firmly placed.
- Wait for a minute for the electricity to neutralize and then start the engine of the healthy car.
- Wait for two or so and try starting the car with the dead battery. The car should start and if it doesn’t, wait for a few more minutes.
- Once the car starts, leave the engine running for at least five minutes so that the battery is sufficiently charged.
- Remove the jump leads in the reverse order. And make sure they don’t touch each other or other metal surfaces.
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There you go. That is all you need to do to jump start your car. If this didn’t help you, call a car mechanic. The battery may not be the reason why your car isn’t starting.
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